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Spec Harold Cornell Gay
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Birth: Feb. 14, 1951
Wilson
Wilson County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Oct. 20, 1970
Quang Ngai, Vietnam

Sp4 Harold Cornell Gay, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Wilson, North Carolina.

Specialist Four Harold Cornell Gay was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SP4 Gay served our country until October 20th, 1970 in Quang Ngai, South Vietnam. He was 19 years old and was not married. It was reported that Harold died when his helicopter crashed in midair with another helicopter. His body was recovered. SP4 Gay is on panel 06W, line 011 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

I am his little brother. Miss you still! Woodbridge Va, Ronald Gay, procarguy52@yahoo.com.

From 03 Aug to 14 Aug 1970, I was temporarily transferred from the 91st Evac Hospital in Chu Lai, to the medical aid station at Kham Duc until the new battalion surgeon arrived. There I met Harold Gay, a medic on the medivac helicopter crew stationed at Kham Duc. Harold was a gentle man who conveyed the sense that he provided medical care for his fellow soldiers from the depths of his heart. At Kham Duc I took several photographs of him. One portrait in black and white shows him looking pensively toward me. He asked me to send him this photo which I did; however, a letter from the Department of the Army on 04 Nov 1970, stated, "I regret to inform you that Specialist Gay died on 20 Oct 1970. . . I am truly sorry that it was not possible to have delivered this mail [including the photograph] to him". However, his death was old news, since I was working in the Emergency Room of the 91st Evac Hospital, when he was brought in. I pronounced him dead along with 12 other men killed when 2 helicopters collided. Harold Gay had volunteered for this mission. Harold's portrait continues to gaze pensively at me in my home. Although our friendship was brief, my heart aches at his loss and so many others. I regret that it was not possible to share this portrait with his family since I did not have their address. Also given the circumstances in 1970, it was hard to know whether his photograph would be welcome or a cause for even greater grief. Jim Evans.

He Paid A Great Sacrifice. Cornell was a friend and neighbor. Our homes were three blocks apart. I was stationed at Ft. Bragg when Cornell deployed to Vietnam and provided transportation to him during one of his last trips back to Ft. Bragg. Cornell was an ambitious young man who would have quickly risen in military rank had he not been killed in action. His mother (Mateele Robinson), brother (Ronald Gay), and grandparents (Mr. & Mrs. Ambrose Floyed) were devastated upon receiving this tragic news. I had the responsibility of informing Cornell's brother of the death when I picked him up from college. I attended Cornell's funeral at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church which was a small, somber service. Cornell, you were so smart and dedicated to serving your country. I will never forget you. Congressman G. K. Butterfield, NC-01 (Member of Armed Services Committee). gkb@mail.house.gov, 413 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515.

I remember, I served in Vietnam with him. I was there the day SP4 Gay was killed. I was talking to him just before they were called out on the mission. I remember the radio call when we heard the two helicopters had collided and everyone was killed. I was just thinking about him today and thought I would check this site. I was 21 years old in 1970, but I remember people like Harold Gay and others. He has missed so much since 1970. I am sorry we lost him. Larry Doxey, P.0. Box 1204 Union City, Tn 38281, larrydoxey@yahoo.com.

He served with "Dustoff", in the 54th Medical Detachment, 61st Medical Battalion, 67th Medical Group, USARV.

He was awarded The Silver Star Medal for Bravery, The Combat Medical Badge(CMB), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Army Commendation Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal and The Air Medal with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters.

 
 
Burial:
Rest Haven Cemetery
Wilson
Wilson County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Jan 21, 2007
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Spec Harold Cornell Gay
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